Series: One and Only #3
Published by Self-Published on 11/26/2018
A gorgeous former Marine with a tortured soul.
The beautiful, compassionate therapist living next door.
A meddlesome grandma determined to get them together.
From USA Today Bestselling Author Melanie Harlow comes an all new standalone romance that will make you believe in the redemptive power of love.
I was expecting a proposal on my birthday, and I got dumped instead.
How could I have been so clueless?
Grams knew exactly how to distract me.
The “cute boy next door” who’s been helping her with yard work clearly needs a little therapy. Who better to call than her newly single therapist granddaughter?
She even fakes dementia to get me to visit, and now that I’m here she’s doing everything in her power to throw us together.
Not that I’m complaining. Ryan is the sexiest man I’ve ever met--I mean the full package, from the chiseled jaw to the massive shoulders to the rippling abs. (And yes, his package is full, and he knows exactly how to deliver it.) He makes me want to get out of my head and follow my heart. He makes me want to take chances I never thought I’d take.
He also makes me want to take my clothes off. A lot.
But he’s moody and challenging--one minute he’s an open book, and the next he’s completely closed off. He holds me like he’ll never let go, but insists he wants to be alone.
Some wounds are so deep, only love can heal them.
How can I convince him to let me try?
Only Love showcases the many, many reasons why Melanie Harlow is one of my favorite romance authors. I fell hard for this book!
It felt SO GOOD to get back into a solo Harlow romance. It was very refreshing and unmistakably Harlow. The pacing was excellent. A touch on the fast side (maybe?) but I think I plowed through it so quickly because the writing felt very confident and seemed to be executed without any hesitation.
As a fan of this series I figured Stella would be more buttoned up and rigid but she was softer and lighter which I enjoyed a lot. I did get the expected rigidity in the descriptors of her dress and appearance. This juxtaposition made her more likeable, I think.
Ryan – I love the name Ryan so that hooked me right off the bat. I loved his vulnerability. The progression of his grumpy clipped nature as it transformed into warm and thoughtful seemed to come as a natural reaction to the story. It wasn’t forced or felt rushed. A+. Also, I love that he had a weakness for everything homemade. It kicked up the nostalgia in the book and made me feel all warm and cozy, like a good “fall” book should.
GRAMS!! I love when secondary characters steal my heart, especially one like Grams. I loved her chapters; they were fun and funny and made the story really memorable. I also loved all the old fashioned phrases and ways to keep a man. Her shenanigans had such great comedic timing throughout the story.
Of course we get to check in on some of our favorite Harlow characters. I thought all the cameos were great and getting to peek in on them is always lots of fun.
I only have complimentary things to say about Only Love and I absolutely recommend that you start it right now!